The Big Little Ice Age That Could
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"In Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc, people watched in fear as the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) glacier advanced. In earlier years, they had seen the slowly flowing ice engulf farms and crush entire villages. They turned to the Bishop of Geneva for help, and he made the journey to Chamonix. At the ice front he performed a rite of exorcism. Little by little, the glacier receded."
The Fifteenth Century saw the end of the Medieval Warm Period and the beginning of the Little Ice Age. In some parts, all of the snow no longer melted in the summer and gradually the world's glaciers began to grow to truly Continental dimensions. With so much water being stored in land ice, sea levels around the world dropped dramatically.
In the meantime, a pesky little primate species was beginning to get truly interested in technology and exploration. Europe and Asia discovered each other and a search for shortcuts added the Americas to the global community.
However, to contemporary Europeans, these events were nowhere near as important as the growing power of the Habsburgs. Research and development, formerly focused on agricultural techniques because of the falling harvests, once again turned its sights onto the topic of war.
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